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Fire and Knowledge

Fiction and Essays

Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein

Picador

The publication of A Book of Memories in 1997 introduced the work of Péter Nádas to English-language readers. As a novelist and as an artist, critics have compared him to Robert Musil, James Joyce, and Thomas Mann. In the diverse essays and stories gathered in Fire and Knowledge, other aspects of Péter Nádas’s major presence in European life and letters are revealed: as a trenchant commentator on the events that have transformed his country and all of Europe since 1989, as a stunning literary critic, as a subtle interpreter of language and politics in societies both free and unfree, as a moralist with a discerning eye for the crippling effects of deception and hypocrisy.

In addition, Fire and Knowledge acquaints readers more fully with Nádas’s evolution as a writer of fiction.  It includes stories dating from the 1960s and 1970s, when he had to write in extremely stringent, even dangerous circumstances, as well as some from more recent years, since the publication of his major novels and the reintegration of Western and Eastern Europe. Here, in full, is a rich compilation of unique, witty, thought-provoking works by a great living writers.

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Praise for Fire and Knowledge

"The stories are effortlessly wonderful. The essays are more chewy--what one imagines Milan Kundera might sound like before his first cup of coffee. . . . [Nádas] has Lawrence's symbolic facility without his thumping self-consciousness, and an endless tenderness for the detail of overlooked lives. . . . Every story here reminds us that fiction can tell the truth as well as nonfiction--or even better."--The New York Times Book Review

"[Nádas] has quickly been canonized as a latter-day Eastern European Proust or Mann. . . . This gently chaotic and revealing scrapbook is a must-have for serious European literature collections."--Booklist

"Highly recommended . . . Nádas gives readers page after page of thought-provoking and deeply insightful intellectual enjoyment as well as a soul-baring glimpse into his internal struggles with such issues as capital punishment, depression, writing, religion, and fate. . . . Readers will be drawn into the very private lives of his characters, investing themselves in their every word and deed."--Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein

  • Péter Nádas is the author of the novels A Book of Memories, The End of a Family Story, and Love.  He lives in Gombosszeg, in western Hungary.
  • Péter Nádas Barna Burger
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Fire and Knowledge

Fiction and Essays

Péter Nádas; Translated from the Hungarian by Imre Goldstein

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